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Wolf Trap Modernizes Its Loudspeaker System With HARMAN’s JBL VERTEC® Line Array Speakers

The upgraded delay loudspeaker system at the Filene Center at Wolf Trap features JBL VERTEC subcompact line arrays.

NORTHRIDGE, California — Located in Vienna, Virginia, Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts is one of the nation’s most important cultural centers. The Filene Center is Wolf Trap’s main venue, a uniquely beautiful, architecturally distinctive 7,000-seat indoor/outdoor theater that is host to an average of 90 performances a year from major and local artists. Opened in 1984, the rebuilt Filene Center II recently upgraded its aging delay loudspeaker system with HARMAN’s JBL VERTEC® VT4886 subcompact line array elements and VT4883 subcompact line array subwoofers.
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Clair Brothers Audio Systems and HARMAN’s JBL VLA Line Arrays Raise the Roof at BC Place

Clair Brothers Audio Systems installed a total of 160 JBL VLA Series line array loudspeakers at the renovated BC Place in Vancouver. Photo Credit: Matt Boulton

NORTHRIDGE, California – Even by stadium standards, Vancouver, Canada’s BC Place stands out. The newly renovated stadium boasts the world’s largest cable-supported retractable roof and dominates the city’s False Creek waterfront like a gigantic glittering jewel set at river’s edge. The renovations include a state-of-the-art audio system, highlighted by HARMAN’s JBL VLA line arrays installed by Clair Brothers Audio Systems.

BC Place, which reopened on September 30, 2011, is home of the BC Lions of the Canadian Football League and the Vancouver Whitecaps FC of Major League Soccer, and has hosted year-round major events including the 2010 Winter Olympics. When owners B.C. Pavilion Corporation (PavCo), decided to renovate BC Place, they knew they had to think big. Indeed, BC Place has been modernized inside and out–including a massive JBL VLA Series loudspeaker system comprising no less than 160 JBL VLA601-WRC 3-way line array loudspeakers, making this the largest VLA installation to date.
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Mahajak Equips New Zhulian Auditorium With HARMAN Audio Components

NONTABURI, Thailand – Consumer goods giant Zhulian (Thailand) Ltd. has developed a 2-storey mega-auditorium building on its premises in Nontaburi Province, adjacent to the regional office building. Center Stage Company, a subsidiary of Mahajak Development Co., the Bangkok-based HARMAN Professional distributor, provided audio system design, consultancy, equipment supply and installation services, centered on an integrated HARMAN audio solution.
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L-ACOUSTICS Provides Dream Sound for Mamma Mia! in Korea

The new 1,242-seat, K1-equipped venue at D-Cube City in Seoul

SEOUL — International hit musical Mamma Mia! has now opened at the new D-Cube Arts Center, Seoul, which has been equipped by L-ACOUSTICS Korea distributor Dream Sound with a K1 WST line source and XTi coaxial system. This is the first permanent K1 theatre system to be installed worldwide. more

HARMAN Audio System Highlights Major Sound Upgrade at Historic Lerner Theatre

Vista AV recently upgraded the audio system at the historic Lerner Theatre with components from HARMAN’s AKG, Crown, JBL and Soundcraft.

ELKHART, Indiana — In a major overhaul of the 87-year-old Lerner Theatre in Elkhart, Indiana, audio integrator Vista AV recently completed a sound upgrade featuring components from HARMAN’s AKG, Crown, JBL and Soundcraft. The renovation added 6,000 square feet of meeting space, seating capacity and an expanded moveable stage.

The main theater area is outfitted with 20 JBL VERTEC® VT4887ADP-DA compact powered line array elements outfitted with JBL DrivePack® technology Crown-designed amplifier modules, as well as four SRX712M and six VRX915M stage monitors powered by Crown amplifiers. The existing theatre system was also supplemented with two JBL SRX718 powered subwoofers and three JBL AC18/26 compact loudspeakers. A host of AKG microphones including the D5, D40, P5, and P6 have also been added to the upgraded house system, while a Soundcraft Vi4 digital console was installed to handle both front of house and monitor mixing.

“This was a challenging installation because we were dealing with an existing historic structure that was not at all accommodating to modern technology,” stated Cyril Oake, Project Manager for Vista AV.

“Using the built-in Crown amplifier modules with the VT4887ADP-DA speakers allowed for fast rigging of the arrays and combination of the DP module and the JBL speakers not only provided a clean professional look for the install, but sonically met the needs of the facility,” added David Glass, Systems Designer for Vista AV.

The multipurpose room at Lerner Theatre includes 36 Control 26CT small-format ceiling speakers
powered by Crown CTs 4200 series amplifiers as well as a dedicated AKG WMS450 wireless microphone system.

“Quite a few of the other digital consoles have a long learning curve to get to know even the simplest of functions. With the Vi4’s Vistonics™ control interface, anyone who is familiar with an analog console can make adjustments. For a venue like the Lerner Theater this is a must because of the variety of acts that will be coming and going all the time. Sometimes even the simplest of things makes a difference. The smaller footprint of the Vi4 takes up less room in the auditorium so less seating area needs to be given up for the production location,” stated Glass.

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets — supported by 15 leading brands, including AKG, Harman Kardon, Infinity, JBL, Lexicon and Mark Levinson. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 12,500 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported net sales of $4.0 billion for twelve months ending September 30, 2011.

Canalis Nightclub Opens In Vietnam With JBL Loudspeaker System and Other HARMAN Brand Products

NORTHRIDGE, California – Situated in the centre of Ho Chi Minh City, the luxurious Canalis nightclub enjoyed a spectacular mid-May opening, which saw appearances by top Vietnamese singers, Ho Ngoc Ha, Dam Vinh Hung and Duong Trieu Vu.

The 400-person capacity dance and live music club, run by an entrepreneur with three other venues in Vietnam’s largest city, has benefitted from a USD $500,000 makeover, and a new HARMAN’s JBL loudspeaker system, installed by local distributor, Basao Investment—forming part of a complete end-to-end system.

The company was awarded the contract for consultancy and installation following a competitive tender, and Basao’s technical support manager, Do Thanh Danh, worked closely with the owner and his technical team to deliver the solution. To provide the desired coverage, Canalis Bar’s main stage has been equipped with eight JBL AM7315/64 high power 3-way loudspeakers, four JBL AL7115 single 15-inch low-frequency speakers and six JBL ASB6128 subwoofers at both stage left and right, with four JBL SRX715F speakers acting as delays at the rear.

Powering the main stage system are four Crown CTs1200, six MA5000i and six MA 9000i amplifiers. The delays are powered by a further MA 5000i with a dbx DriveRack 260 processor and BSS FDS-336T Minidrive speaker management system, fed from a Soundcraft GB2/16 mixer.

The GB2, in turn, takes playback feeds from a CD DJ, and other outboard dynamics include a Lexicon MX400 reverb/FX processor, BSS Opal FCS-966 EQ and dbx 1046 Quad Compressor/Limiter. Basao Investment has also specified an AKG wireless system in the shape of two channels of WMS 450 Vocal Set D5 True Diversity Wireless System.
All of this adds up to a fully optimized system, which has surpassed the expectations of the owner.
“He is delighted because out of his four clubs the sound quality in Canalis surpasses everywhere else,” states Do Thanh Danh.

For further information on Basao Investments, please visit: http://www.basaoinvest.com

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets — supported by 15 leading brands, including AKG, Harman Kardon, Infinity, JBL, Lexicon and Mark Levinson. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 12,500 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported net sales of $4.0 billion for twelve months ending September 30, 2011.

Christ Fellowship Gardens Grows With L-ACOUSTICS

Christ Fellowship Gardens, home to a new KARAi/SB18i loudspeaker system concealed in soffits above the stage

Florida house of worship becomes first US user of new KARAi system

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Florida — With an average weekly attendance of 16,500 spread out between its four campuses in Palm Beach County, Florida, Christ Fellowship Church easily ranks among North America’s largest megachurches. Continually seeking to improve the worship experience for its attenders and promote further growth, the church updated its flagship Palm Beach Gardens worship center earlier this year with a fully L-ACOUSTICS loudspeaker and amplifier system. more

Firehouse Productions Delivers Dynamic Sound With HARMAN’s JBL VERTEC® Line Arrays For iHeartRadio Event

Firehouse Productions supplied a JBL VERTEC line array system for the iHeartRadio Music Festival at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas.

NORTHRIDGE, California – Firehouse Productions recently provided sound for some of the biggest names in music at the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas, sponsored by Clear Channel’s iHeartRadio social media networking outlet. With performances by Jay-Z, Alicia Keys, Bruno Mars, Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj and many others, Firehouse deployed HARMAN’s JBL VERTEC® line arrays to match the dynamic range of performers in the MGM Grand Arena.

The audio system included two main left-right arrays of 17 JBL VERTEC VT4889 fullsize line array elements each, accompanied by two flown arrays of 12 VT4880A fullsize subwoofers. Side coverage was provided by JBL VT4888 midsize line array elements, and JBL VT4887 compact line array elements provided the front fills. Firehouse also provided two ground-stacked columns of three VT4889 loudspeakers each, on top of three VT4880A fullsize arrayable subwoofers each. Crown I-Tech IT1200HD amplifiers powered the entire system using the new VERTEC V5 DSP settings.

Large events like the iHeartRadio Music Festival pose a variety of unique challenges, particularly when they feature so many different artists. “With a show this size, there are different rehearsals taking place at different times, all with information and settings that need to be conveyed back to the main system,” said Mark Dittmar, Lead Design & Integration Engineer at Firehouse Productions.

With so many variables, the VERTEC line arrays were extremely easy to set up—one of the main reasons why Firehouse continues to rely on VERTEC for major events and a significant factor in the success of the iHeartRadio event. “Everything went as well as we could have hoped, Clear Channel and MGM Grand were happy and we were even five minutes ahead of schedule on every change-over,” Dittmar said. “You can always gauge how a multi-band show is going depending on that; we were always ready to go with no delays, as smooth as could be.”

Dittmar went on to rave about the new V5 presets software upgrade for the VERTEC system. “They are stunning and the high end is much smoother,” he noted. ”The V5 presets solve all kinds of midrange issues, and the low-end response is amazing. The manager of the building even said that you could hear it blasting two blocks away—an impressive volume that had never been reached before. Some acts used the entire system, pushing all the amps to the max level, and even when touching the limit it sounded linear and smooth. It’s always nice when you don’t have to worry about pushing a system too hard and can just let it fly. It’s great to have the performance upgrade without having to buy new equipment. The software upgrade was done in a half-hour and we were ready to go. It’s simply an amazing value to anyone who uses VERTEC.”

For more information on Firehouse Productions, please visit: http://www.firehouseproductions.com

For more information on iHeartRadio, please visit: http://www.iheart.com/

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets — supported by 15 leading brands, including AKG, Harman Kardon, Infinity, JBL, Lexicon and Mark Levinson. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 12,500 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported net sales of $4.0 billion for twelve months ending September 30, 2011.

Yamaha Training Heads to Redmond, Washington

BUENA PARK, Calif.— YCATS (Yamaha Commercial Audio Training Seminars) training sessions have been set for Overland Christian Church Redmond, Washington and open to all audio professionals, free of charge. The three-day session dates are November 8-10 from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm with classes being held for advanced users of the Yamaha M7CL digital console, a workshop for the LS9 digital console, digital network and systems design clinic, and a showcase of NEXO speaker technology (GEO Series, PS Series, 45N12, RS Series Subs, GeoSUB, and NXAMP).

The M7CL advanced training is a one-day course that will reveal the depth of the M7CL and will discuss how best to utilize the console to the full extent of its capabilities. Attendees will expand their knowledge of the console and its capabilities with an opportunity to apply what is learned using multi-track audio on the new M7CL-ES digital mixing console.

The LS9 workshop is a half-day, hands-on course, learning the basics of mixing on an LS9 digital console. Attendees will become more familiar with the console layout; learn how to navigate the system, setup mix busses as an aux or group, and how to route signal to the effects units, with an opportunity to apply what is learned using multi-track audio.

The digital network and systems design clinic is a full-day course offering an array of audio networking, acoustic system design, and systems solutions workshops. The workshops will benefit anyone interested in upgrading or designing audio systems.

Registration deadline for all sessions is November 6. To register for Yamaha class sessions, visit http://www.yamahacommercialaudiosystems.com/training.php?catID=11001.
To register for NEXO showcase, email ycats@yamaha.com.

On November 10 from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm, an Audio Master Class will be held as part of the Christian Musician Summit at Overlake Christian Church with Yamaha’s Jake Cody, Mark Rush, and Peter Robinson teaching an audio boot camp for church volunteers. Cost: $99 per person. For course syllabus and registration visit: http://www.christianmusiciansummit.com/templates/cuscms/details.asp?id=32393&PID=805358.

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Music Theatre of Wichita Eliminates Sound System ‘Drama’ with KIVA

MTW's 2011 production of Sunset Boulevard

Clearwing Productions supplies L-ACOUSTICS rig for successful 2011 season
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WICHITA, Kansas — For the last 40 years, Music Theatre of Wichita (MTW) has been staging truly Broadway-quality productions in Kansas’ largest city. This past summer, MTW stepped up production values even one notch higher for its patrons with the rental of an L-ACOUSTICS KIVA-KILO loudspeaker system supplied by the Phoenix shop of Clearwing Productions.
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Using SOUNDVISION, Clearwing’s Almir Lejlic and Dave Temby specified a system for Wichita’s 2,195-seat Century II Concert Hall comprised of nine KIVA line source array elements flown beneath two KILO low-frequency extension cabinets per side, all driven by a single LA-RAK equipped with three LA8 amplified controllers. more

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